The "Clubhouse Model"
What is a Clubhouse?
A community based day program for persons with brain injury or stroke following therapy.
The Clubhouse Model started in New York in 1943 by a group of individuals with psychiatric disorders who desired a place to go whenever they needed help, where they could be productive, and contribute to a common cause.
Clubhouses are based on one's remaining abilities, not their disabilities. The Clubhouse follows standards set by the International Center for Clubhouse Development and is accredited by CARF, the Commission for Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.
What does a Clubhouse offer?
A chance to utilize skills, be productive through real work and be part of a community!
Members at the Clubhouse engage in real work that is needed to keep the Clubhouse alive and running. The idea is work is healing!
What are the Potential Benefits?
- Reduce social isolation by providing a network of friends and support
- Improve quality of life which may reduce incident of depression, substance abuse or psychiatric admissions
- Assist with locating resources to address changing needs
- Improve life skills, community integration, work skills and social interaction
- Help maintain or improve one's skills and prevent loss of functioning
- Provide a transition from outpatient services to community based services
- Provide much needed respite for families and caregivers
- Provide a low cost option to extended rehabilitation services
- Provide a high quality rehabilitative accredited program versus in-home care attendants that may have limited rehabilitation training